Briefing: Implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

In April 2017, the Higher Education and Research Act received royal assent. This piece of legislation, which is the first major regulatory reform to the UK higher education sector in 25 years, is primarily concerned with the creation of two new bodies to regulate and fund higher education providers: the Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

News

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University admissions teams will 'pull out all the stops' this year

25 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's announcement on teacher assessed grades for 2021.

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Universities committed to promoting and protecting free speech

16 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's proposals for a Free Speech Champion and possible future legislation.

Blog

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Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.

The grades u-turn caused a ripple effect throughout education – it could be catastrophic for unis

25 August 2020
From over-stretched finances to lack of space and facilities, universities are facing a perfect storm of problems.